I am lucky enough to have a few paintings of sailing ships – produced by a great-uncle – on my walls. On the back of one is the second verse of the John Masefield poem Sea Fever.
I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.
So this probably inspired a school project for a ditty about what sounds you hear at the seaside.
As the wind whistles through the rope on the boats
and a gull flashes by with a squawk.
The howling waves crash over the beach – Shouting.
Not wanting to talk.